Queen of the Apostles A Catholic Community Reina de los Apostoles Comunidad Catolica de Belmont Pastoral Staff PASTOR Father Frank Cancro [email protected] Emergency #: 704-825-9907 DEACON Rev. Mr. Chip Wilson [email protected] 704-820-4162 MUSIC & LITURGY Chrissy Glisson [email protected] Office: 704-825-9600 ext. 28 PASTORAL ASSOCIATE 503 North Main Street Belmont, NC 28012 Phone: 704-825-9600 • Fax: 704-825-1413 Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm Website: QueenoftheApostles.org February 8, 2015 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeanne LaFrancis [email protected] 704-825-9600 ext. 27 FAITH FORMATION Debbie Seeger [email protected] 704-825-9600 ext. 26 Jayme Cannon Faith Formation Assistant [email protected] Father Christopher Adult Formation [email protected] CHRISTIAN INITIATION (RCIA) Cam Tracy [email protected] 704-853-0654 HISPANIC MINISTRY COORDINATOR Padre JoséJuya [email protected] 704-860-3826 PARISH SECRETARY Mary Jo Stiles [email protected] 704-825-9600 BUSINESS MANAGER Susan Colone [email protected] 704-825-9600 ext. 25 MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR Roger Duncan [email protected] 704-825-9600 ext. 22 PASTORAL COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON Scott Phillips [email protected] 704-461-8326 Weekday Eucharist Weekend Eucharist Reconciliation: Holy Day Celebrations: Misa en Español: Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 am Tuesday and Friday: 12:15 pm Saturday: 5:00 pm, 7:00 p.m. (en Español)) Sunday: 8:00, 9:45 & 11:30 am Saturday: 4:00 pm, and by appointment 12:15pm and 7:15 pm Todos los Sabados a 7:00 PM Baptism: This important sign of initiation is celebrated in the community at any one of the weekend Masses. Parents must complete the preparation program (offered every other month). Please contact the church office at least two months prior to your anticipated date for Baptism. Marriage: This sacrament provides an opportunity for a couple to stand as a sign of God’s love in the community. To this end, a period of preparation is important and necessary. Contact the church office at least six months prior to your proposed marriage date to begin this process. Anointing of the Sick: If you are preparing for surgery or hospitalization, this sacrament can be celebrated with you on any weekend at the church. In an emergency, contact the church so we can pray with you at home or in the hospital. Mission Statement With the Blessed Virgin Mary, the first disciple of Jesus Christ, as our example and patron, the mission of Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church is to live and proclaim the Gospel entrusted to us. We strive in our rich diversity to be a community of welcome and hospitality: one with the Risen Christ, each other, and the whole Church. Through the Word of God and the life of the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, we are empowered to engage in a variety of ministries of service to the parish family and the communities where we live. Our Weekly Tithe: Collection 02-01-2015: $16,785.79 Thank you for your support of the parish! FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR THIS WEEKEND WERE DONATED BY: Last week, because of your generosity in the offertory, we were able to send a tithe of $839.00 to the Weekend BackPack Program. This week we will use our tithe for Mira Via assisting in their mission to house and support unwed mothers and their newborn children. Rose Ann Hill Masses This Week IN LOVING MEMORY OF: Eric L. Hill Liturgical Ministers: Saturday, February 14, 2015—5:00pm Readers: Alison Nolting, Cam Tracy EMCs: Joan Lynn (SC), Pam Castaneira (C), Nelda Malinowski (C), Diane Hess, Tricia Vasil Ministers of Hospitality: Fred & Lynn Kimsey, Jerry Roche Altar Servers: Patricia Baranowski, Nnamdi Nwachukwu Sunday, February 15, 2015—8:00am Readers: James Hefferan, Ken Raymond EMCs: Deacon Chip Wilson (SC), Steve Geiger (C), Joyce McLeod Ministers of Hospitality: Doug McLeod, Alison Minnick, Kimber Walters Altar Servers: Claudia Paluszak, Lily McBride Sunday, February 15, 2015—9:45am Mass Readers: Claire Lamadrid, Beth Kreitzer EMCs: Jeanne LaFrancis, (SC), Linda Huffsmith (C), Kathy Lindgren (C), Roger Duncan, Stuart LaFrancis, Beth McCain, Rebecca Vondra Ministers of Hospitality: Clare & Dave Charzewski, Seth Kane, John Regeis Altar Servers: Grace Lamadrid, Jonathan Clark, Natalie Sparks Children’s Liturgy: Mary Pat Emmerth Sunday, February 15, 2015—11:30am Mass Readers: Jim Dobies, Lynda Bernard EMCs: Colleen Sutton (SC), Sandy Kumm (C), Beth McAbee (C), Jan Kauer, Marta Miranda, Mike Riemer, Bethsy SanMillan Ministers of Hospitality: Neil & Jake Kauer, Patricia Rodriguez Altar Servers: Marissa Cannon, Dezi Kauer Children’s Liturgy: Donna Snyder 5:00pm 7:00pm Saturday, February 7, 2015 Romualda “Teeny” Guryn + Misa en Español 8:00am 9:45am 11:30am Sunday, February 8, 2015 Mackenzie Martin + Lisa Ononye + For the People 9:00am Monday, February 9, 2015 Mass 12:15pm Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Kathleen Wofford + 9:00am Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Mass Thursday, February 12, 2015 No Services 12:15pm Friday, February 13, 2015 Communion Service CHILDREN’S LITURGY THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8 AT 9:45 & 11:30 MASSES Other Ministries: Traffic Ministry—February 15, 2015 9:45am—Peter Liberatore, Walt Hinson 11:30am—Greg Hoehne, Billy McHenry Coffee & Donuts—February 15, 2015 8:00am—Pat Godfrey, Betty Hinman 9:45am—Deborah Eagon, Scott Hegedus, Kathy Shine 11:30am—Pressley Family, Lee Stocker Art & Environment: February 8: Kimber Walters, Danuta & Don Holler February 15: Nancy O’Brien/Alfreda Tanski February 15 at 1:00pm—Lenten Changeover From the Pastor’s Desk... Last weekend we welcomed Sister Dorothy and Sister Mary who travel with the Circus and Traveling Show Ministry. I know most of you are aware of this ministry because of my role as a "circus priest" but it is good to see these women of faith who live full time on the road. Your generosity to them was a testament to your charity. The second collection was $5,036.00. As you know, this will assist in our work of building lay leadership and continuing this ministry of presence in the circuses of the U.S. "Thank you" is insignificant verbiage for the gratitude I feel for your generosity. God bless you! I am also grateful to those priests who have made themselves available three Saturdays in a row so that I can be free to service three different circuses that pass through the Carolinas in the first month of the new season. One other piece of circus news: last Saturday our teens invited teens from the circus and hosted them for an afternoon of games, arcade and laser tag (and pizza, too) with them. We picked up the circus youth at the arena and reportedly everyone had a great time. Thanks to all who participated. It was a meaningful encounter for these kids who travel from place to place each week. One additional youth program for our teens to keep in mind: Catholic Heart Work Camp. This is an opportunity for a group of our teens to join hundreds of other Catholic teens from around the U.S. for a week of fellowship and service to those in need through organized and supervised opportunities to work with the poor. We are aiming for a week in July this year and I invite teens and parents to be aware of the flyer and other information that will come your way to consider CHWC this summer. As you know we have begun to invite you to join us in small groups for our Lenten Program entitled "Mercy." After a 12 minute DVD teaching from me and an interview around an appropriate topic of mercy by one of our Belmont Sisters of Mercy, we invite the groups to discuss a few key questions to expand their own understanding of mercy. Join us as we use the scriptures of Lent and the writings of Pope Francis to explore this topic of faith. Also this weekend we open our annual Diocesan Support Appeal. Once more I ask you to prayerfully consider the materials sent from the Bishop's Office, to view the DVD and reflect on how you might be able to make a commitment to assist us in meeting our parish goal. Lent is also not too far down the road. Next weekend we will make the Lenten schedule available to you so that you can choose from there many different possibilities starting with Ash Wednesday and ending with our celebration of Holy Week. Be blessed this week! - Father Frank Sharing God’s Gifts: DSA 2015 By now you should have received a letter or postcard from Bishop Jugis asking for your generous support of the Diocesan Support Appeal. Please give prayerful consideration to how you will respond by filling out your pledge card and mailing it this week. Ministry Moments: Baptismal Preparation Baptism is celebrated at weekend Masses at any time of the year except during the Lenten season. Parents wishing to present a child (under six years of age) for Baptism must complete an Evening of Preparation here in the parish. These are offered six times a year. During pregnancy or after the birth of a child are appropriate times to attend. Please call the church office for more information. The next class is this Tuesday, February 10. Queen of the Apostles Music Ministry Has been invited to participate in the Festival of Faith A Celebration of Vatican II’s 50th Anniversary Rome, Italy December 4-10, 2015 Anyone interested in joining the choir for this trip should contact Chrissy Glisson for more information at [email protected] or 704-825-9600. This Week Sunday, February 8, 2015 Thursday: Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday Saturday: St. Cyril and St. Methodius; Valentine’s Day 9:30-10:45am—Faith Formation (Sacred Heart Campus) 9:45am & 11:30am Masses—KidZone (Nursery) 9:30-10:30am—Bible Study (Library) 10:00-11:00am—RCIA (Ed Building) 5:00-6:00pm—Teen Bible Study (FLC) 6:00-8:00pm—HS Youth Ministry (Pizza at Father’s house; meet in FLC) As Catholics, we are not to focus only on ourselves but are called by our Baptism to reach out and share our time, talent and treasure with our brothers and sisters. Leave a Legacy Planned giving provides an opportunity to give a gift that Monday: Gn 1:1-19; Ps 104:1-2a, forever perpetuates our Catholic faith. Keep the candle burning with 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35c; an endowment gift to our parish. Mk 6:53-56 Readings for the Week Tuesday: Gn 1:20 — 2:4a; Ps 8:4-9; Mk 7:1-13 9:00-11:00am—MOMS Group Wednesday: Gn 2:4b-9, 15-17; (Nursery, Conference Room) Ps 104:1-2a, 27-28, 7:00-8:30pm—Baptismal Preparation 29bc-30; Mk 7:14-23 Class (Church) Thursday: Gn 2:18-25; 7:00-8:00pm—Catholic Heart Work Camp Organizational Meeting (FLC) Ps 128:1-5; Mk 7:24-30 Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Friday: Gn 3:1-8; Ps 32:1-2, 5-7; Mk 7:31-37 6:00-6:30pm—Children’s Choir Practice Saturday: Gn 3:9-24; (Church) Ps 90:2-6, 12-13; 6:30-7:15pm—Youth Choir Practice (Church) Mk 8:1-10 7:15-8:00pm—9:45 Choir Practice Sunday: Lv 13:1-2, 44-46; (Church) Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11; 7:30pm—12 Step Program (Ed Bldg) 1 Cor 10:31 — 11:1; 8:15-9:00pm—11:30 Choir Practice Mk 1:40-45 Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (Church) Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:30-11:00am—Weekend BackPack Ministry (Nursery) 7:00-9:00pm—Spanish Choir Practice (Church) 7:30-9:00pm—Boy Scouts (Ed Bldg) Friday, February 13, 2015 7:00-9:00pm—AA Meeting (Ed Bldg) Saints and Special Observances Sunday: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time; World Marriage Day Tuesday: St. Scholastica Wednesday: Our Lady of Lourdes; World Day of the Sick Marie Giermanski, Ducky Huffstetler, Joe Lewandowski, Rosann Louy, William Reeves, Jo Ann Rick, Harrell Rick Stewardship Monday, February 9, 2015 6:15-7:30pm—Girl Scouts (Education Building: Rooms A & C) 7:00-8:00pm—Cub Scouts (Education Building: Room D/E) 7:30-9:30pm—Knights of Columbus Business Meeting (Family Life Center) Sick and Homebound: e-Give Make a safe, secure donation to QOA by going to our website and clicking the e-Give link on the home page below the Google translator tab. Please pray for... Those in Nursing Homes: Patrick Bragg (Meadow Wood Nursing Center, Gastonia) Baptismal Preparation Baptism is celebrated at weekend Masses at anytime of the year except the Lenten season. Parents wishing to present a child (under six years of age) for Baptism must complete an Evening of Preparation here in the parish. These are offered six times a year. During pregnancy or after the birth of a child are appropriate times to attend. The next scheduled Prep Session is on Tuesday, February 10 beginning at 7:00pm in the church. Please call the church office to make a reservation to attend this upcoming program. If Sponsors (Godparents) are also here in the area, we invite them to attend as well. Passion Play Actors and actresses are needed for the Passion Play held the weekend of March 28-29 at all weekend Masses. If you are interested in participating in this powerful and moving re-enactment of the Passion, please call Cam Tracy at 704-853-0654 for more information. Practices are held on Saturday mornings from 9:0010:30am in the church from February 28 through March 28. Community Happenings Family Promise The first Shelter Week of 2015 will be February 22-March 1 at First Presbyterian Church in Belmont. Volunteers are needed to help set up guest rooms on Sunday, February 22 and tear down on Sunday, March 1. Donated items for breakfast and lunches can be dropped off at First Presbyterian Church the week before guests arrive. Provide Input for the Relatio for the Synod on the Family Bishop Peter Jugis is seeking your input. In preparation for the Synod on the Family in October of this year, comment is being sought from Catholics all over the world on the bishops’ working document, the Relatio. Although this is a timeconsuming request, it is also an opportunity to learn more about our great faith. You can read the Relation and answer the survey questions by visiting the diocesan website at www.Charlottediocese.org where there is a link to the survey on the homepage or use the QR code embedded in this article. Please allow several hours to complete this task. Tuesday, February 17 from 7:009:00pm in the MAK Family Life Center. Refreshments will be served. Come join us! February Food Collection call Cathy Webb at 888-536-7441 by Friday, February 13 or email [email protected] Rosary Makers Free rosaries are available in the narthex. Need a rosary repaired? Simply put your broken rosary We will collect food parts in an envelope with your items for the Diocese name and phone number and drop of Charlotte the last weekend of at the church office. We also teach February. They have requested how to make twine rosaries for the pasta and pasta sauce, rice, soup, Catholic missions around the world. pinto beans and canned meats. All We meet from 10:30am-12:30pm donations are greatly appreciated. on the same Saturdays as our We ask you to bring them to the community breakfasts. The next altar and place them in the baskets meeting is February28. Please February 21-22. join us. Questions? Contact Marilyn Warmington at 704-827-0823. Community Breakfast Saturday, February 28 8:00-11:00am MAK Family Life Center Homebound Ministers sweetie to Queen of the Apostles for our “I’m Sorry I Missed Valentine’s Day” Breakfast with coffee, conversation and heartshaped pancakes. Don’t tell your sweetie, but it’s free to all, so invite your friends to join you! Our new Pastoral Associate Jeanne LaFrancis requests all Ministers to the Homebound to attend a brief meeting. It is chance to ensure consistent practices and to meet Jeanne if you have not already had that opportunity. Forgiveness/ A Lenten Program Jump on the Mealtrain! Meeting for all Ministers Saturday, February 21 Missed Valentine’s Day? Bring your 9:00-10:00am in the Church Tuesday, February 17 10:00am-4:00pm Catholic Conference Center At the heart of all Christian doctrine is the concept of forgiveness. Begin the holy season of Lent with a spirit of true forgiveness with a program “God’s Creation presented by Father Ed Sheridan Cries for Justice” sponsored by the Catholic What does the Catholic Church Conference Center. Spend the day teach about this issue? Why should before Ash Wednesday in prayer we care and what can we do? and reflection on the healing power Community Ministries invites you to of forgiveness in your life. Lunch a presentation in preparation for will be provided and the day will Pope Francis’s anticipated conclude with Mass at 3:00pm. encyclical on the Environment on Cost is $25 per person. To register Would you like to help families in the parish during illness, upon the arrival of new child or some other circumstances that leaving them with little time for the basics of meal preparation? Contact the parish office at 704-825-9600 or [email protected] to leave your name and contact information and we will add you to the Mealtrain database we are building. We also have a Cookie Committee that is called on occasionally to bake cookies for parish receptions or funeral repasts that the parish provides. Call today to sign up for Mealtrain or the Cookie Committee. Faith Formation High School Youth Ministry High School Youth will be joining Father Frank for pizza at his home on Sunday, February 8 at 6:00pm. Permission slips are required and can be found in the breezeway and MAK Family Life Center. We will meet in the Family Life Center at 6:00pm and then travel to Father Frank’s. Please join us! Contact Janet Blaylock at qoayouthministry.com with any questions. Queen of the Apostles’ High School Youth... plan on joining us on Tuesday, February 10, 7pm in the MAK Family Life Center for a Summer Mission Trip information meeting! Teen Bible Study High School Youth please join us for Teen Bible Study on Sundays from 5:00-6:00pm before High School Youth gatherings. This study follows the High School Youth meeting schedule. Middle School Youth Ministry Who likes to eat popcorn and watch movies? On Sunday, February 15 MSYM will enjoy a good movie and popcorn. Plan on joining us from 6:00-8:00pm in the Education Building. Come see how Catholic Heart Work Camp can change your world! If you are interested in being part of a mission trip, please plan on attending this night with a parent! We are also looking for Team Leaders to lead this mission trip! If you are interested, please contact Debbie at [email protected] or plan on attending the meeting! KIDZONE Our KIDZONE MINISTRY is a faith based ministry offered for the youngest members of our church ages 6 months –3 years of age during the 9:45am and 11:30am masses each Sunday. It is a time for young children to grow in their faith and relationship with God. KIDZONE is located in the nursery in the MAK Family Life Center. Just look for the KIDZONE check-in station in the MAK Family Life Center to participate. KIDZONE is being supervised by Angela Shirley. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please call Debbie at 704-825-9600 or email [email protected] ALL QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES’ MASSES ARE LIVE! Go to http://ustre.am/17WGN or use the QR code provided for smart phone users. First Eucharist Preparation Session Wednesday, March 11 From 5:00-8:00pm In the MAK Family Life Center The first meeting for parents and children in the sacrament preparation program for First Eucharist is scheduled from 5:008:00pm on Wednesday, March 11 in the MAK Family Life Center. Pizza will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. adultfaithformation Small Faith Groups Our Lenten DVD based Small Group Study titled Mercy is being scheduled! This study was created by Father Frank and Father Christopher. Signups for groups will continue on the weekend of February 8. This will be an opportunity for new groups to form or sign up for a group that works for you. Please prayerfully consider the Sign up for a group opportunity to host or facilitate a new group for this Lenten Small Faith Group study. For more information, contact Debbie at [email protected] or call 704-825-9600. Smart phone users link to our Adult Faith Formation web site here. today! Adult Faith Formation Web Site Please be sure to check out our Adult Faith Formation web site. It’s a great source to find available programs here at the parish and resources that encourage and promote ongoing faith formation. We’ve change the web site address to make it easier to access; it’s now www.qofaadultformation.com. Just for Men Men of the parish age 45 and older are invited to reflect on God’s Word, pray and spend time together. We meet for an hour on the first Monday of each month in the Conference Room. Our next gathering is Monday, March 2. We will gather to pray the rosary at 7:15pm in the church then continue with our time together in the conference room. During Lent we will meet three additional Mondays to complete the Mercy Lenten Group Study. We will also meet on March 16, 23 and 30. For more information, call Roger Duncan at 412-289-9147 or Deacon Chip at 704488-5822 [email protected] Tuesday’s Word This adult Bible Study will continue on Tuesday, February 17 from 2:00-3:00pm in the Conference Room. Please bring your Bible and join us! Coffee and cookies are served! Sunday Morning Bible Study with Sister Mary Hugh: Please join us as we study the Gospel of John. All are welcome to join in this class! It runs from 9:30-10:25 in Mercedes Hall, room 108 (the place where we hold our Faith Formation Classes). Please bring your bibles and join us! Coffee and refreshments are served! MOMS Group The next meeting for our Ministry of Mothers Sharing will be Tuesday morning, February 10 from 9:00am-11:00am. Meetings will take place twice a month. The meeting is for Moms with children of all ages. It will be a time for fellowship and study for spiritual growth. If you have an interest in attending, please email Marianne at [email protected] Nursery is provided for this meeting time. Spiritual Direction forms provided on the shelf beneath the board—no personal Are you trying to discern what God notices or résumés. Please copy is doing in your life, what he is the information from the board if calling you to be, where he is you are making use of it and leave leading you? Or perhaps you simply the posted slips so that others may want to be more aware of God’s also take advantage of the presence in your life and deepen opportunities. your relationship with him. Spiritual direction is the thing for you. Spiritual direction is not counseling. Adorers are Needed It is listening to another, making at Belmont Abbey College space to observe and hear the Holy Adoration Chapel in front of the Spirit. For more information call Blessed Sacrament. Coordinators Bethsy San-Millan at will arrange an hour that is 704-914-5668. convenient for you. Please call Margaret at 704-827-8921. us long for a more conscious experience of God’s presence and love.” To learn more about Spiritual Direction and/or obtain services, please contact Rose Castillo at 704-718-2876 or [email protected] Queen of the Apostles Online Prayer Ministry Coordinator Doris Spivey accepts prayer requests Monday through Friday each week from 9:00am5:00pm. Emergency requests are accepted anytime and on weekends. Please e-mail Doris at [email protected] If you Friends Helping Friends would like to join the prayer Registered parishioners are invited Spiritual Direction ministry and do not have access to “Spiritual direction encourages the a computer but have VOICE MAIL, to post requests for services needed or services they are able to exploration of a closer relationship please contact the church office. provide on the bulletin board in the with God. In the midst of our busy You will be called with the daily lives and at the deepest level, all of prayer requests. breezeway. Please use only the Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson: Scott Phillips [email protected] 704-461-8326 Vice Chairperson: Matt Gibbons [email protected] Secretary: Michelle Curnow [email protected] 704-829-5090 Pastor: Fr. Frank Cancro [email protected] Clare Charzewski [email protected] 704-824-7198 Mark Ebreo [email protected] 704-395-0250 John Fout [email protected] 704-516-5575 Jerry Gardner [email protected] 704-864-2508 Debra Pavicic [email protected] 980-522-4072 Scott Spanbauer [email protected] 704-394-3951 Bill Starr [email protected] 704-691-1734 Ellen Wentz [email protected] 704-491-9528 Finance Council Chairperson: Charlie Boyd [email protected] 704-825-4669 Welcome Stewardship Chairperson: Colleen Sutton [email protected] 704-820-9484 Commissions Buildings and Facilities: Marilyn Whitney [email protected] Jan Kauer 704-830-4484 704-281-8010 Evangelization & Communications: Mark Colone [email protected] Nasser Miranda [email protected] 704-469-2989 [email protected] 704-825-1966 Education & Formation: Parish Life: Clare Charzewski [email protected] 704-824-7198 Kathy Lindgren [email protected] 973-214-5306 Community Ministries: Tricia Vasil [email protected] 704-648-7878 Liturgy and Worship: Steve White [email protected] 704-824-5761 Organizations Art & Environment: Jan Kauer [email protected] 704-281-8010 Young at Heart: Cathy Boyd [email protected] 704-825-4669 Youth Ministry: Debbie Seeger [email protected] 704-825-9600 ext. 26 Knights of Columbus: Grand Knight: Justin Rick [email protected] 704-488-5540 Traffic Ministry: Walt Hinson [email protected] (704) 904-0743 Noticias de Nuestra Comunidad Hispana Invitación al Vaticano El ministerio de música de Queen Of The Apostles ha sido invitado a participar en la celebración del 50 aniversario del Festival de Fe del Vaticano II, celebración que se llevara a cabo en Roma, Italia del 4 al 10 de diciembre del 2015. Si está interesado en participar, puede comunicarse con Chrissy Glisson al 704-825-9600. Colecta de Alimentos para el Mes de Febrero Este mes recolectaremos alimentos para la Diócesis de Charlotte el último fin de semana de febrero. Ellos están solicitando pasta y salsa para pasta, arroz, sopas y carne enlatada. Todas las donaciones son altamente apreciadas. Le pedimos por favor que traiga sus donaciones y las deposite en las canastas que estarán en el altar el fin de semana de febrero 21-22. Salte al Tren de la Comida Reflexión Alabemos al Señor, Nuestro Dios. Jesús solidario con sus hermanos. Jesús es consciente de que su misión no consiste en solucionar continuamente las necesidades de la gente de Cafarnaúm, sino la de anunciar que el Reino de Dios ha llegado. Por eso no dejan que lo manipulen sino que extiende su actividad a toda Galilea. Esto significa que la presencia de Jesús en la vida de los cristianos es una manifestación real del Reino de Dios. El Reino de Dios significa la salvación, la gracia, la sanación. Cuando le abrimos el corazón a Jesús nuestra vida cambia tanto en el cuerpo como en el alma. La conversión significa aceptar que el Reino de Dios está presente entre nosotros. Y cómo se manifiesta? Es fácil entenderlo: un cambio de mentalidad, un cambio de actitud y un cambio de conducta. Ya no somos como antes, pues, la presencia de Jesús nos hace nuevos, nos rejuvenece en personas llenas del amor de Dios y si así lo sentimos, también nos convertimos en personas más humanas, compasivas, agradecidas, misericordiosas y sobre todo siempre dispuestas a cumplir la voluntad de Dios. Lo más hermoso es nuestro modo de comportarnos con los demás...una fe iluminada donde siempre estamos descubriendo en el hermano la presencia de Jesús. Esta realidad es el mejor milagro que experimentamos desde la fe y del Reino de Dios. Meditemos este mensaje y apliquémoslo a nuestra vida personal. Si a usted le gustaría ayudar a las familias de nuestra parroquia en tiempos de enfermedad, a la llegada de un nuevo bebe o en cualquier otra circunstancia que los prive a ellos de tener comida preparada a tiempo, contacte por favor a la secretaria de la iglesia al 704-825-9600 o [email protected] para dejar su nombre e información de contacto y nosotros agregaremos su nombre a la base de datos que estamos creando llamada El Tren de la Comida. Normalmente trataremos de proveer comida a las familias una o dos veces por semana. Usted recibirá un e-mail con la información y un link donde usted puede escoger una fecha para preparar comida casera para una Que Dios los bendiga. P. José Antonio Juya V. familia que la está necesitando. Además, nosotros también tenemos un comité de galletas al que ocupamos ocasionalmente para hornear galletas para las recepciones de la iglesia o para los funerales. Llame hoy para registrarse en El Tren de la Comida o en El Comité de Galletas. Sesión de Preparación para La Primera Comunión El miércoles 11 de marzo de 5:00-8:00 en el MAK Familia Center será la primera reunión para padres y niños que se encuentren en el programa de preparación para el Sacramento de La Primera Comunión. Habrá pizza para todos. Por favor traiga un plato de comida o un postre para compartir.
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